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Essential Medicines

General Meeting of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases: Meeting Report

Report

On 5–6 November 2018, the first General Meeting of the GCM/NCD was held in Geneva, Switzerland, to reinforce the commitment of the participants to accelerated multisectoral and multistakeholder action to achieve SDG target 3.4

Published by: World Health Organization

Access to Essential Medicines and Equipment

Case study

Case studies compiled as part of the work of the NCD Child Taskforce on Essential Medicines and Equipment.

Published by: NCD Child

Fact Sheet: Palliative Care

Fact sheet

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are facing problems associated with life-threatening illness. It prevents and relieves suffering through the early identification, correct assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, whether physical, psychosocial or spiritual.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Model Lists of Essential Medicines

Guide

The WHO Model Lists of Essential Medicines has been updated every two years since 1977. The current versions are the 20th WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) and the 6thWHO Essential Medicines List for Children (EMLc) updated in March 2017.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO Guidelines for the pharmacological and radiotherapeutic management of cancer pain in adults and adolescents

Guide

The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed Guidelines for the pharmacologic and radiotherapeutic management of cancer pain in adults and adolescents to provide evidence-based guidance to initiating and managing cancer pain. The aims of these guidelines are to provide guidance to health-care providers (i.e. the end-users of these guidelines: physicians, nurses, pharmacists and caregivers) on the adequate relief of pain associated with cancer. 

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Infographics on epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures are due to brief disturbances in the electrical functions of the brain. Epilepsy affects people of all ages.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

PAHO Virtual Campus for Public Health

The Virtual Campus for Public Health is a network of people, institutions and organizations that share courses, resources, services and activities related to education, information and knowledge management in training. It aims to improve the skills and practices of the public health workforce by constantly enhancing the performance of health-related continuing education programs, through the development and innovative use of information and communication technologies. It is a tool of the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for networked learning in the region of the Americas.

Published by: Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Using competition law to promote access to medicines and related health technologies in low- and middle-income countries

Policy brief
The issue brief highlights key aspects of using competition law to promote access to health technologies from UNDP’s landmark publication “Using Competition Law to Promote Access to Health Technologies: A guidebook for low- and middle-income countries.” 

Published by: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Perspectives from People Living with Diabetes

Report
This document presents the four priorities identified from a consultation with the Blue Circle Voices (BCV), including access and affordability of medicines, devices and medical care, education, prevention and discrimination. It also calls governements to action to improve them.

Published by: International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

"Fight against Epilepsy" Initiative in Ghana

Report

This report documents the successes achieved in increasing the epilepsy coverage by improving access to epilepsy care in primary health care services. It presents the lessons learnt from the Fight against epilepsy initiative and demonstrates the feasibility of scaling up epilepsy services in low-resource settings.

Published by: World Health Organization

Epilepsy Management at Primary Health Level in rural China

Report
This report documents the success achieved in reducing the epilepsy treatment gap by managing epilepsy at a primary health-care level in China. It also presents the lessons derived for the development of effective and sustainable epilepsy scaling up strategy in resource-poor settings.

Published by: World Health Organization

Global NCD target prevent heart attacks and strokes through drug therapy and counselling

Policy brief

This action plan provides a roadmap of policies and interventions to realize SDG 3.4 to reduce premature NCD deaths. Heart attacks and strokes can be prevented if people at high risk are detected and treated.

Published by: World Health Organization

Global NCD target improve access to technologies and medicines to treat NCDs

Policy brief

This action plan provides a roadmap of policies and interventions to realize SDG 3.4 to reduce premature NCD deaths, target 3.8 to achieve universal health coverage (UHC), and target 3.b to support the research and development of vaccines and medicines for communicable and noncommunicable diseases.

Published by: World Health Organization

Strengthening health systems response to address noncommunicable diseases in the South East Asian Region

Report

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular diseases (CVDs ), cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, are the leading cause of death in the South East Asian Region (SEAR) accounting for an estimated 8.5 million deaths each year. Prevention and control of NCDs require a set of actions. Clinical interventions for those at risk of NCDs and for people living with NCDs is an important and critical part of the national NCD response. The clinical interventions required for NCDs are complex, based on management of chronic diseases over time.There is a heavy reliance on a well-functioning health system. Progressive steps are required to address the systemic challenges at the primary health care services. Health care systems in Member States in SEAR are not adequately organized to manage the NCD burden resulting from the demographic and epidemiological transition. The presence of lifelong chronic disease and longterm comorbidities requires not just a rethinking of service delivery but also reorientation of the entire health system building blocks.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asian

Integration of NCD care in emergency response and preparedness

Report

This report is intended to provide technical guidance to emergency planners, emergency care professionals and policy-makers tasked with emergency response and preparedness to integrate NCD interventions within the national health emergency responses.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asian

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